St. Paul Pioneer Press
STILLWATER, Minn. -- A weeklong lockdown in a unit of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater ended Saturday. The B-West unit of the prison was placed on routine lockdown on Jan. 6 to allow guards to search for contraband, said Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Fitzgerald said she could not discuss what was found during the search because it is security information.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings are painting the town purple in preparation for Sunday's divisional playoff against the Saints. They're asking fans to show their support by lighting their houses purple, too. On Friday, Jan. 12, seven landmarks displayed purple lighting: the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the I-35W bridge, the ISD Center, the Lowry Avenue Bridge, the Mall of America, the Nicollet Mall and Target Corporate. Even the newly lit Grain Belt Beer sign got in on the fun.
Ian Redmond recently had a bit of an epiphany: Minnesotans, it dawned on him, don’t say “excuse me.” “Over the holidays, I had a realization that Minnesotans have a certain sound they make instead of just saying ‘excuse me,'” Redmond, of Duluth’s MIX 108, wrote on the radio station’s blog. “Have you ever noticed you or some around saying ‘ope’ instead of ‘oops’ or ‘excuse me’?” he said.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Minnesota's newest U.S. senator, Tina Smith, took the oath of office Wednesday, she laid her hand across a thick, old Holy Bible — a Heilige Bibel actually — held together by a black ribbon. And yes, Smith said, it is literally held together by that ribbon. "I think if you were to open it up it would just sort of disintegrate," Smith said in a phone interview shortly after being sworn in. Here's the story behind it.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jacob Frey was sworn in as mayor of Minneapolis on Tuesday along with five new city council members and eight returning members. “Minneapolis, I am honored to be your mayor,” Frey tweeted later in the day .
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen's fifth catch Sunday, Dec. 31, was money. By hauling in six more passes in the Vikings' 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears — the fifth one being the difference-maker — Thielen reached an incentive bonus in his contract that will boost his salary by $1 million for each of the next three seasons. His contract called for salary escalators of $500,000 after he reached 70 catches, another $250,000 for 80 total receptions, and another $250,000 for 90 grabs.
ST. PAUL -- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine’s youngest son has been placed on probation and ordered to pay $236 in fines and fees in connection with his arrest following a rally for President Donald Trump in Minnesota. Linwood “Woody” Kaine, of Minneapolis, was among eight people arrested in the St. Paul rally in March. He pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing the legal process and received a 90-day sentence, with 86 days suspended. He served four days in jail.
ST. PAUL—With a frigid season ahead, Minnesota is urging eligible residents in need of help paying heating bills to sign up for the Energy Assistance Program. Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($48,077 for a family of four) may be eligible for the program, the state Department of Commerce noted Friday. The Energy Assistance Program helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating bills through grants paid directly to heating-fuel vendors and utility companies.